5 Best Dual Sport Tires for Dirt Riding

Let’s be frank: there is no magic tire out there. One that sticks like glue on the street and tackles the gnar when you’re off road. So we’re bringing you our favorites with a few built in assumptions: You want a long(ish) lasting DOT knobby that works in a variety of off-road terrain that you can still confidently ride on the street to get you to the next trail or take you on your next multi-day adventure.

GALLERY

Dunlop D606

A long-time favorite of aggressive dual sport riders everywhere the Dunlop D606 was designed to be street legal with an emphasis on aggressive off-road riding. A full depth tread pattern and harder rubber compound provides great grip and longer life.

Features

  • 90% dirt, 10% street
  • DOT approved front and rear provides good highway grip and durability
  • Excellent traction in all offroad conditions
  • D606 front tire matches with D739 A/T rear for desert riders


Buy the Dunlop D606 on Amazon


Metzeler MC360

A newcomer to the DS scene from Metzeler and a tire that has a lot of people excited. The MC360 comes in two varieties: a midhard compound and a midsoft compound. We prefer the harder compound for better life as a DS tire.

Features

  • 95% dirt, 5% street
  • Street Legal
  • Features Metzelers CKB design (Continuous Knob Binding) with dense, narrow knobs that dig into soft terrain and an extended footprint on hard terrain
  • Provides superior grip in an incredibly wide variety of terrain, adds braking stability and boosts tearing resistance on mid-hard and hard terrains
  • Alternated diamond-shaped and shovel-shaped lateral knobs for optimal directionality and steering feel
  • Parabola-shaped center elements: the center of the knob digs, the sides withstand the stress and enlarge the tires footprint
  • Alternated-cut knobs add to the balance of lateral and longitudinal stiffness, which maximizes grip for traction and braking and provide outstanding durability

Buy the Metzeler MC360 on Amazon


Continental Twinduro TKC80

A less aggressive but very popular tire for small dual sports and big ADV bikes alike, the TKC features big block style knobs but the tread depth isn’t as great as a full on knobby giving it a very predictable manner on the street. This does, however, mean that the treads can clog easily when the trail gets sloppy. Still, this is a great all rounder type of tire.

Features

  • 60% dirt, 40% street
  • DOT approved
  • Compound and wide block tread pattern deliver optimal on and offroad grip and performance
  • Excellent braking and traction on a wide range of surfaces from loose to hard pack
  • High cornering stability on soft terrain
  • Good self-cleaning properties

Buy the Continental Twinduro TKC80 on Amazon


Kenda K760 Trakmaster II

A great hardcore DS tire with small block, deep tread design means this tire sticks well in a variety of terrain but also clears easily when it’s sloppy. Well known for being a less expensive choice.

Features

  • 90% dirt / 10% street
  • DOT approved
  • Tall, aggressive knobs create a capable off-road tread pattern
  • Bead and sidewall construction deliver positive cornering on dirt and asphalt
  • Strong 6-ply rated carcass

Buy the Kenda K760 Trakmaster II on Amazon


Michelin T63

The T63 was born from a legendary Dakar-winning desert tire and designed to have superior traction off road. They have decent on road grip for an aggressive tread pattern designed to spend most of its time off pavement.

Features

  • 90% dirt, 10% street
  • Tread pattern derived from Michelin’s highly successful Desert tires, for exceptional traction off-road.
  • Excellent stability and durability.
  • High level of grip on the road.
  • Reinforced knobs resist tearing and abrasion on asphalt.
  • ‘S’ speed rating for highway use.

Buy the Michelin T63 on Amazon


Did we miss your favorite tire? Think one of these shouldn’t have made the list? Let us know in the comments below!

Leave a Reply